Blind Tiger Pale Ale | Barley Island Brewing Company

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Blind Tiger Pale AleBlind Tiger Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2002

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by abankovich:
Photo of abankovich
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as a bonus on my first trade ever about 2 months ago. Poured a nice hazy amber orange color with a white head that dissipated rather quickly. Lacing doesn't stick around too long but is pretty significant as the beer slides down the glass.

Smells upfront with a good hop strength and some caramel malt mixed in as well. Maybe some toffee too.

Very bitter at first, more bitter than I was expecting out of a light APA. It hits the palate very strong in the middle. I think the carbonation is what is causing this.

Mouthfeel is light to medium but the carbonation really takes over across the middle and leaves my palate a little numb. This fades as the beer warms though.

Drinkability is decent on this, definitely better as it warms and in hindsight

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More User Reviews:
Photo of soper2000
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been in an Indiana beer mood for the last 3 months or so and continuing this trend I picked up a sixer of this instead of some Mad Hatter. Poured into an imperial pint glass it produced a creamy 1 finger head atop an aggressive burnt orange body. Nose has plenty of malt to back up the juicy grapefruit hop aroma. Very well balanced. A strong taste of biscuit-like malt hits me first. After that first sip I was actually thinking this was more of an English Pale, but those juicy hop flavors soon come pouring over the tongue. Juicy grapefruit with a slight hint of pine takes over the nice malt base before finishing with a nice floral surprise. Very good pale. I'll have to pick this up more often. With the Blind Tiger, Gnaw Bone and Alpha King, I'll never have to settle for merely a "SNPA" while I'm in Indiana.

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Photo of isenblatter
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, the head while about 2 fingers thick quickly went away leaving no lacing. A slightly pale orange color to it. A very pungent hoppy taste at the beginning followed by an orangey aftertaste. Very little carbonation to it, it could definitely use more. I've had on tap before, but out of the bottle was not even close to draft.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Burnt orange autumn leaf hued brew that is clear, brilliant, and almost oktoberfest-like in color. Although this is a beautiful shade of red-orange-bronze, there is only a small flimsy cap after pouring, and even then the cap recedes to a wispy haze within seconds. Big points for color, and this has quite a bit of pixelated lace, and although swirling brings up a ncie khaki cap, it doesn't stay for very long.

S - Burning leaf pile, citrus (mandarin orange) hops, musty cheese, and big bready malt. This one leans toward the malty side, and shows some roasty burnt character that I really like.

T - Big time mandarin orange sweetness with some nice solid biscuity malt supporting the citrus freshness.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a slightly bitter finish. This one feels just like it should...balanced.

D - Outstanding! This has some refreshing citrus freshness that makes it eminently drinkable, but it has enough complexity to make it interesting enough to drink all night. This is a great late-summer, early fall brew ...citrusy, fresh, and thirst-quenching, but also leafy, smokey, and autumnal. Well done!

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Photo of RickS95
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty dark for a pale ale. Almost brown, mahogany. A thick haze inside the liquid. The head has IPA written all over it. Thick, a dingy white, craterous, lots of lacing after the head falls.

Very malty, bready, slightly floral, just the faintest hit of citrus.

Taste is very much like the smell. Very malty, doughy crackerlike taste, a bit of pine, Earthy notes.

It's mostly bitter, and not necessarily in a good way. I thought the malt would offset and balance the bitter, but it really doesn't. It's got that resinous stickiness to it, but other than that, nothing to write home about.

Very average. Low alcohol, mostly bitter, drinkable, but only because it's beer. Not something I'd want again.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Came out a clear, golden-amber color with a lively off-white head. Retention was decent and lacing was good.

S: Nice floral and piney hop scents up front. A tad bit of pale malt sweetness and some earthy spice as well. Simple, but pleasant.

T: Interesting spicy hop flavors initially. Some malt sweetness as well on the finish. Yes, definitely sweeter than I expected. Pine and grass-type hops come out more as the brew warms.

M: Medium-light bodied and adequately carbonated, but not too much. Finishes mostly clean with a bittersweet aftertaste that doesn't last long.

D: Nothing about this beer should stand in the way of kicking back with a few over an evening.

An underwhelming, yet refreshingly unpretentious pale ale. Would make a decent pub ale or a change-of-pace beer. I may take a pack of this to my next party and see if I can lure some folks away from their usual brews.

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Photo of Jon
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a miniscule white head that leaves little remnants of lace behind. Smell is bold with citric hops. Taste is a very nice balance between bitter, citric hops and caramel malt. The finish is long, dry and fairly bitter. Medium bodied, this ale has a mildly carbonated mouthfeel. It's quite drinkable and is one of the best in the Barley Island portfolio. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of hammer09
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, copper with good carbonation and moderate head development. Smell is primarily malty with a mild, spicy hop aroma. However, lurking behind the aroma is an earthy, yeasty smell that detracts from the beer. Flavor is...let's say interseting. There is a nice, bitter malt flavor, but hop presence is very muted. This is surprising because this beer is marketed as an APA, but lacks the aggressive hop character typically associated with this style. Tastes more like an English bitter, but with an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth but somewhat flat. Drinkability is less than average. The yeast aromas became more prevalent as I consumed the beer, which limited its drinkability.

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Photo of Miller650
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of beveritt
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured form a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts a patron walking into a speakeasy, denoted by the stuffed tiger displayed in the window. This isn't the first time I have heard this story, there is bar in Charleston, SC called the Blind Tiger because of the same practice. No indication of bottling date.

Appearance: Holy cow, lots of foam! This thing started spurting as soon as I popped the cap. It has been resting gently in my beer fridge for several months. Once I started pouring, it was 5 inches of head and half an inch of beer. The head has slowly settled into a massive but very cohesive tower of off white foam. The head has an almost oily sheen to it. The beer itself is orange-brown with a chill haze. Lots of bubbles still coming up from the bottom. Some sediment slowly appears.

Smell: Very fruity and citrusy. Smells strongly of lemons, oranges, and pine. Slight undertones of a more floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lots of spicy and fruity hop flavors, tastes dry-hopped. A medium level of bitterenss follows.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but not too great. The citrusy hops end up tasting almost artificial, like someone added Tang to my beer. The explosion of foam would be a pain if it happens in bottles other than this.

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Photo of morimech
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy copper hue. A small head that disapates quickly and leaves slight lacing in the glass. Mild carbonation.

S- Malty with a little citrus hints.

T- Soft malt flavors and the hop bitterness is slight. A taste of pine on finish.

M- Medium body with carbonation that I enjoy. Leaves a bit of a lingering aftertaste that is not really appealing.

An average beer in almost every way. Worth a try but not something I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark orange with good carbonation. The head is a good 2 fingers tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is light and earthy hops with a good balance of malt nicely toasted.

The taste follows a very good balanced yet hopy brew with a good toasted malty that has a nutty flare.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and a nice medium body.

The drinkability is good, a solid easy drinking brew with a none traditional flavor twist.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of hotstuff
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The head of this Pale Ale was of medium size and off-white in hue with fine-small sized bubbles.The body of this beer was cloudy and the hue was orange.The lacing was good on the sides of my glass.The nose was very hoppy and the flavor was very hoppy as well.

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Photo of CRJMellor
1.74/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this beer because I had heard that these folks turned the corner. I don't think so.

Poured an amber gurgling mess into a a pint glass, on the pour had at least a 6 inch head that just would not stop foaming.
What aroma that could be detected had a caramel base with some nuttiness and a lot of floral hop aroma.
Flavors of soap and flinty metal could be detected along with some mediocre malt and just a hint of floral hops.
Mouthfeel was like Ivory Soap. Bad stuff, obvious bottling or sanitizing issue. I've made homebrew with 10X the quality of this bottle.
Drinkability was a complete drain pour. Simply stunk. Worst made beer I've had in years. Hopefully the stuff on tap is much better for the local Indy folks.

with a pne inch head that laces down the glass slowly. The color is copper to orange, that is slightly cloudy. There is a suprising amount of maly aroma that is folowed by floral and earthy scents. The taste is mediocre at best, there is roasted barley at the beginning, followed by a slight hop bitterness that doesn't really standout. The mouthfeel is watery with carbonation that seems to linger on the palate. I was expecting more from this beer, the taste was a let down, it is good for a try

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of wcudwight
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy peachy amber color with a thin off-white head that recedes to a spotty film and ring on top of the beer.
Aroma is a nice mixture of floral and citrus. Smells of a grapefruit and spring garden. From the aroma this seems to be a heavily hopped pale ale.
Taste is a caramel background with some sharp citrus bitterness.
This beer has more bite in the mouthfeel than a pale ale should.
Overall a pretty decent pale ale that is a bit more bold and abrasive than others of the style.
Thanks to patyoda and BA Fantasy Football for the oppertunity to try this beer.

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Photo of betsybaker
5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of Cresant
2.03/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a nonic glass. No date. Bottle says "tavern style", I'm not sure what that means. Active pour created a huge, meringue-like head. It took several more pours to get the beer in the more than adequeate sized glass. Particulates float in the pale, honey colored body and eventually settles to the bottom.

Smell was strangely soapy. Faint malts aroma. Green.

Taste was of mild citrus. An astringent flavor overwhelms the more subtle flavors. Lingering bitterness created by Liberty and cascade hops (per website). No malt presence. Not much APA flavor, just astringent. I enjoyed the Barley Island Barfly IPA but I would not recommend this offering.

Mouthfeel was initially zesty but finished thin.

Actually if I were being snide I would say you could probably duplicate this beer by using a recipe of tonic water and grapefruit pith...shake well, serve.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber in color. There is no head on the pour, only a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. Smell is light hops with mostly malts. Taste is mostly cascade hops. There is a certain bitter, almost soapy taste to it. An alright beer.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of happygnome
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: a golden/copper colered beer with about an inch and a half of head about half of which dissapears fast leaving the other half for a while, there is a trace of lacing present around the side of the glass.
s: a sweet citrusy aroma followed by an aroma very reminiscent of a walk through a pine tree forest.
t: citrus flavor is the strongest flavor present, but the piny hop bitterness is close behind. overall thisis kind of a bland beer compared to the other pale ales ive had
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this was a bland pale ale, the body was nice, would pair well with something not too spicy, but i dont think that i will buy this again

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Photo of BWH3
1.79/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blind Tiger by Barley Island 12oz at 45 F from Pint

Appearance: Pale amber with a white foamy head that fades a bit quicker than most. Good clarity and carbonation.

Smell: An unpleasant bitter scent. The aroma hops detract rather than contribute to the appeal of this beer. The aroma is of wet hay. No grassy notes, no floral notes, and no citrus notes from the hops. Also the malt aromas do not contribute enough to compensate.

Taste: A rather bland palate without much hop bitterness. The initial malt flavor is neither sweet nor rich nor bready. The bitterness is present but not prominant and not very crisp. The bitterness tastes earthy and mineral-like.

Mouthfeel: Fair. Has a bit of body. But by this point, I'm not much into the beer.

Drinkability: okay. Try one and move on. Barley Island has better beers to choose if your interested in this central Indiana brewer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from Indiana for me!

Pours hazed amber with a thin head that becomes a wide patch, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of caramel with leafy and mildly citric spiciness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, some graininess. The a mild leafy bitterness and a touch of lemon sourness. Starts sweetish, thins in the middle and becomes a bit doughy and more bitter towards the end. It has a bitterish, dryish finish.

The body becomes a bit thin, almost watery, but hits medium-bodied overall.

Not bad, but things don't seem to blend as well as they could, making it a bit clumsy. Still, the components are there, and it has enough to it to make it worthwhile.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic copper with snowy progress lacing.

Lively *fresh* cascaded-homebrew aroma with a delicate citrusy-ness. Hints of iced tea, twangs of fallen leaves, and a small slightly grainy maltiness.

Carbonation is low as expected but surprisingly whipped-cream / nitro-ish after the pour. Served at the perfect cellar temperature. Malt noticably in line with the sprucy hops. Big hop-burps.

The mouthfeel seems to fit the style well but I could have used a little more substance. Much less viscocity than SNPA, but not at all thin. I couldn't shake the feeling that these beers are well-crafted but lack a certain spark of inspiration or experimentation.

After a day full of pale ales, I couldn't help but think that cascades are just so "yesterday".

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Photo of cameraman
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, with a pne inch head that laces down the glass slowly. The color is copper to orange, that is slightly cloudy. There is a suprising amount of maly aroma that is folowed by floral and earthy scents. The taste is mediocre at best, there is roasted barley at the beginning, followed by a slight hop bitterness that doesn't really standout. The mouthfeel is watery with carbonation that seems to linger on the palate. I was expecting more from this beer, the taste was a let down, it is good for a try.

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Blind Tiger Pale Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 56 ratings